A BRIEF CHAT WITH STEFANO STRADELLI
After Alaska, what destinations do you dream of reaching on your next expeditions?
Alaska was my first expedition experience, and it was exciting and educational. Last year I would have liked to have gone to Pakistan, but I had to opt out to finish my mountain guide course. In the meantime, though, I dedicated some time to getting to know my home mountains even better.
Obviously, I still have many dreams related to Patagonia, Pakistan, and Nepal that I hope to realize in the coming years. Organizing an expedition is never easy, because in addition to the destination, the group I go with is also very important to me.
A life on skis and then a passion for mountaineering. What led you to become a professional mountain guide?
Becoming an alpine guide was, for me, the culmination of my love for the mountains. This moment marked the end and the beginning of a journey: in this period, I completed a training course that now allows me to transform my passion into a job that gives me satisfaction every day.
My athlete’s mentality enabled me to overcome many difficulties and helped me to grow and believe more in myself. Races teach you to never give up, and thanks to this mindset I’ve always found the strength to face difficulties, even in moments of discouragement and weakness.
Was your close relationship with your cousin François Cazzanelli, who shares your same passions, an additional incentive to complete your projects?
My cousin Franz is like a brother to me. We grew up together at the foot of the Gran Becca. He passed on his passion to me, and he stimulates me every day to push beyond my limits. Franz can always teach you something new. He has a unique vision of the mountains, and I’m lucky to be able to go to the mountains with him.
The profession of alpine guide has been handed down for generations, since our great-grandfather and our grandfather were alpine guides on the Matterhorn.
What’s your favorite Karpos product?
The K-Performance Light Down Jacket, which I never leave at home because it adapts to any conditions, on both snow and rock.